TAC Talk: Wes Waugh On Becoming An Artist



Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
159 Ginny Stevens Lane
Blowing Rock, NC 28605


The Development of an Artist / A generalized model of the typical learning and growth patterns experienced by artists; including the common psychological, emotional, and technical work that leads to confidence and success.

“People in a general sense, tend to most strongly associate being an artist with a result; a painting, a sculpture, a performance, etc. A deeper look into how this result evolves from the human effort and all that is implied in this is an interesting topic for many. As artists, we ask ourselves many introspective questions throughout our development, and I have found that these questions change rather dramatically as we progress. The purpose of our discussion is to examine some of the stages in this process that I find as predictable, interesting, and possibly helpful to be aware of.

My conclusions and the model I developed to describe this process emanates from my own personal experience as well as information gathered from many informal and often, recreational discussions with artist friends. Formalizing concepts from these discussions helped me to better see myself, and my own development and advancement in the world of art as something that actually does have a framework, a bone structure so to speak. My hope is that the model provided might help aspiring artists or those at any level on the continuum, to identify themselves within the context and model provided in some respect. Then, one can ask the questions needed about what might be my greatest strengths, as well as the areas that need attention to fully actualize in this role.

We can all agree that art-making is a complex and nuanced endeavor, with an almost infinite number of approaches offered up. How does one chart a course amidst this? How do you make decisions, decide upon a ‘style,’ have the courage to put yourself and your work out there? How will I know if I am ‘an artist?’ While no brief discussion or concept model can send participants out the door with the answers to all of these questions, I feel that our conversations in this session will lead to some clarity and inspiration to continue this journey!”

-Wes Waugh

Due to the interest in this event, please RSVP to Willard Watson at (828) 295-9099 ext. 3006 or by emailing him at programs@blowingrockmuseum.org.


Name: Willard Watson
Phone: (828) 295-9099 x3006
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    • Art/Cultural

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